My friend Ja (who I've known since the weeee early days of high school, whoa) and I, have had a recent reconnection. Working as a professional photographer these days, we decided to roam the streets of memories past and photograph in some of the most historical areas in downtown Los Angeles: Chinatown and Olvera Street.
Chinatown: The first Chinese was recorded to be in Los Angeles in 1852. Continuous settlement began in 1857. By 1870, an identifiable "Chinatown" of 200 or so was situated on Calle de Los Negros - Street of the Dark Hued Ones - a short alley 50 feet wide and one block long between El Pueblo Plaza and Old Arcadia Street. These early, mostly male, Chinese were mainly laundrymen, market gardeners, agricultural and ranch workers, and road builders. Despite the heavy discrimination in the late 19th century, Chinese held a dominant economic position in the Los Angeles laundry and produce industries for several years of this period. Consequently, old Chinatown flourished, expanding eastward from the Plaza across Alameda Street and eventually attaining a population of over 3000. The Exclusion Acts inhibited any real growth for many years.
Olvera Street: is in the oldest part of Downtown Los Angeles, California, and is part of the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument. Many Latinos refer to it as "La Placita Olvera." Circa 1911 it was described as Sonora Town. Having started as a short lane, Wine Street, it was extended and renamed in honor of Agustín Olvera, a prominent local judge, in 1877. There are 27 historic buildings lining Olvera Street, including the Avila Adobe, the Pelanconi House and the Sepulveda House. In 1930, it was converted to a colorful Mexican marketplace.
Observe the Found fashion show:
1710 N. Las Palmas Ave
Hollywood, CA 90028
There's nothing like looking at photos of yourself with long hair to make you some what miss it! Especially since this was the day I decided to cut my hair off! The grass is always greener I suppose, but I still love my short hair!